Women hold all the power. They should use it like a whip, not offer it up like a sacrifice.
There’s nothing a man can do, that I can’t do better and in heels.
The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.
Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.
Women are small and fragile…yet the power they hold is unmeasureable.
It is amazing what a woman can do if only she ignores what men tell her she can’t.
—Carol K. Carr
These days, I strive to be a bitch, because not being one sucks. Not being a bitch means not having your voice heard.
It’s hard not to be a fighter when you’re constantly under siege.
I’m not a humanitarian, I’m a hell-raiser.
I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.
People call me a feminist whenever I express statements that distinguish me from a doormat.
A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.
Do you know they found land mines in women’s souls?
My family has very strong women. My mother never laughed at my dream of Africa, even though everyone else did because we didn’t have any money, because Africa was the ‘dark continent’, and because I was a girl.
There are some people who still feel threatened by strong women. That’s their problem. It’s not mine.
I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself.
—Simone de Beauvoir
No woman can call herself free who does not control her own body.
If any female feels she needs anything beyond herself to legitimate and validate her existence, she is already giving away her power to be self-defining, her agency.
I’m not going to limit myself just because people won’t accept the fact that I can do something else.
Vaginas beat penises every time.
They’re like kryptonite.
Penises are defenseless against them.
It is vain to expect virtue from women till they are in some degree independent of men.
If women want rights more than they got, why don’t they just take them, and not be talking about it.
The emerging woman…will be strong-minded, strong-hearted, strong-souled, and strong-bodied…strength and beauty must go together.
—Louisa May Alcott
For too many centuries women have been being muses to artists. I wanted to be the muse, I wanted to be the wife of the artist, but I was really trying to avoid the final issue—that I had to do the job myself.
The point is not for women simply to take power out of men’s hands, since that wouldn’t change anything about the world. It’s a question precisely of destroying that notion of power.
—Simone de Beauvoir
I would have girls regard themselves not as adjectives but as nouns.
—Elizabeth Cady Stanton
My idea of feminism is self-determination, and it’s very open-ended: every woman has the right to become herself, and do whatever she needs to do.
No longer will we (women) agree to protect the hearth at the price of extinguishing the fire within ourselves.
I’ve heard it said that God made all men, but Samuel Colt made all men equal. We’d see what Mr. Colt could do for a woman.
There shall never be another season of silence until women have the same rights men have on this green earth.
—Susan B. Anthony
The heart of a woman will never be found in the arms of a man.
Why can’t a girl be smart without it being explained away as a rare supernatural phenomenon?
A woman isn’t a whore for wanting pleasure. If it were unnatural, we would not be born with such drives.
How could I choose someone who would force me to give up my own small reach for meaning? I chose myself, and without consolation.
—Sue Monk Kidd
I merged those two words, black and feminist, because I was surrounded by black women who were very tough and and who always assumed they had to work and rear children and manage homes.
I am a warrior in the time of women warriors; the longing for justice is the sword I carry.
My recipe for life is not being afraid of myself, afraid of what I think or of my opinions.
They always, always underestimate women.
Now and then women should do for themselves what men have already done—occasionally what men have not done—thereby establishing themselves as persons, and perhaps encouraging other women toward greater independence of thought and action.
I don’t like rules, especially the unwritten ones that say I need to let myself be controlled by my man.
When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision—then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.
A WOMAN’S PLACE IS IN THE HOUSE…AND THE SENATE.
I had to get a close-hand view of the misery and unhappiness of a man made world, before I reached the point where I could successfully revolt against it.
It was a thought, that. Not to attach yourself to a man, but to confront instead the open world, the wide fields of France and Spain, the ocean, anything. Not just to hitch a lift with the first fellow who looked as though he knew where he was going, but just to go.
When men imagine a female uprising, they imagine a world in which women rule men as men have ruled women.
Women have traditionally taken secondary roles to men. I want to be the boss not the secretary.
But whatever, we descendants of the Girl Line may not have wealth and proper windows in our drafty homes but at least we have rage and we will build empires with that, gentlemen.
A woman brings so much more to the world than birth, for she can birth discovery, intelligence, invention, art, just as well as any man.
The rest of us have never embraced your victim mentality; we are not victims. We are people, the same way that men are. We are equal, yet different. We, unlike you, realize that is not mutually exclusive.